Sailors bag Elks in league opener


It only took 11 seconds into the first quarter for the Mapleton football team to score in Friday’s league opener against Elkton

Mapleton: 52  Elkton: 6

Oct. 2, 2019 — It only took 11 seconds into the first quarter for the Mapleton football team to score in Friday’s league opener against Elkton.

It was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment; just after the snap to quarterback JJ Neece, Justyce Wierichs blocked Elkton’s sole rusher, and Neece stood for a moment, looking around.

That’s when Nathaniel Neece came running up to block and JJ started running. Elkton attempted to catch up to him, but just a few seconds later, JJ had crossed into the endzone.

The Mapleton Fire Department blared its siren just after the ref called the touchdown, and the siren blared again moments later as the Sailors made the two-point conversion.

That scenario played out again and again throughout Friday night. By the time the buzzer rang out the end of the first half, Mapleton was up 44-0. At that point, the bench got to stretch out its legs on the field, eventually bringing in a win of 52-6 over the Elks — with the Sailors main-taining the momentum toward an undefeated season.

JJ Neece led the game with 12 rushes for 311 yards, four rushing touchdowns and one pass. Phillip Burnett led the defense with 10 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Friday, the Sailors (2-0, 4-0) will be on the road at Oakridge (0-1, 2-2).

Kick-off for Friday’s game against the Warriors is set for 7 p.m.

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